• Forthcoming festival appearances

    We are pleased to announce two of Alison's forthcoming festival appearances, indicating the strength and depth of her music-making. On June 6th she will perform a trumpet and organ programme which includes the music of Leopold Mozart and Oliver Messiaen at Fischbeck Abbey in Hessisch Oldendorf, Germany. Part of the prestigious Literature and Music festival 'Wege Durch Das Land', tickets for the event sold out within hours. More information can be found here.

    On 10th July she'll appear at Henley Festival on the floating stage for an evening of Gershwin alongside Ballet Black, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and other star soloists Ji Lui, Gregory Porter, and Laura Mvula.  More information and tickets here.

  • Alison enters Oxford University!

    Read her account of it here: 

    AB: I’ve just returned from Somerville College, one of the colleges of Oxford University, and one of the very first for women. I spoke for an hour on the topic of Women in the Arts, a subject which is dear to me.

    I felt extremely honoured to be invited to such a prestigious institution to come and give this lecture. I spoke to these fearless young people, who will be leaders in the years to come, and it made me think about just how much energy can be wasted in the media when they focus on, and ask women pointless questions about their gender. Nowadays, there are so many more relevant, productive and powerful things to be curious about when learning from our stories, not as women, but as people. 

    I was both inspired and challenged during the process of writing the talk I gave. The topics included my own particular path into the music profession and music industry, and the opportunities and challenges I experienced; gender differences and equality in general - in the brass world, the music world, and as a parent; how to negotiate for yourself; what it takes to attain, and then maintain a career as as solo performer; the correlation of likability and success for men versus women; the differences I’ve encountered teaching masterclasses at Conservatories internationally; discipline and transferrable skills; my thoughts on the early 21st century as ‘The Age of the Artist’; the recording industry and it’s changes; how to make your own opportunities; the value of the arts on our society; and having courage to go forward into the arts for both genders, but especially for women.

    The warm welcome and attentive listening I experienced perfectly reflected the ethos of Somerville College, and it was impossible not to find their lust for life infectious.

    Thank you!
  • Going local

    Alison is excited to announce her forthcoming UK tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. They are heading north to Stoke, Manchester, Leicester and Leeds - dates and tickets here.  It's part of the Live and Local series, supported by JTI. The idea is for fresh programming and uniform ticket prices of £15. 

    Previous tours have featured Alison's collaborator and colleague from BBC Young Musician, Milos, and Holst's The Planets with footage from NASA; this year's theme is Americana, with the new jazz-inspired concerto for trumpet Songs of the Paradise Saloon by Mr Bramwell Tovey. 

    Here's how Alison describes the piece:

    'Every section of the orchestra really has something to get their teeth into with this concerto! Songs From the Paradise Saloon by Bramwell Tovey is a riotous romp through a variety of styles and moods, whilst telling a very compelling story about a charismatic real life baddie in the wild west. It puts the trumpet soloist through their paces as it makes the most of the multi faceted personality that the trumpet in the 21st century is able to convey.'

    Alison's really pleased to be working with the LPO; they share values about improving access to classical music, and they are also the orchestra that can be heard on many film soundtracks, such as Lord of the Rings. 

     'I’m thrilled about this collaboration with the LPO. Not only are they unquestionably one of the world’s best orchestras, they also have a tremendous infectious spirit that I believe anyone from the most discerning classical music lover, to the child attending for the very first time, can tap into. Whilst I was forging my career as a soloist I also partook in a number of tours playing in the trumpet section of the orchestra, so it is with joy and excitement that I return to play with my old friends and colleagues again in this capacity…'

    20 April | The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Tickets: £17 (including booking fee)
    Booking: 0161 907 9000 |

    21 April | Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
    Tickets: £17.50 (including booking fee)
    Booking: 01782 206000 |

    22 April | Leeds Town Hall
    Tickets: £15 (plus booking fees: £1 per ticket online; £2.50 per transaction by phone; no fee in person)
    Booking: 0113 224 3801 |

    2 May | De Montfort Hall, Leicester
    Tickets: £15 (plus £3 per transaction fee)
    Booking: 0116 233 3111 |
  • A more thoughtful fanfare

    This year sees Alison doing some public speaking about the profession and her industry, in addition to her concert appearances. Turns out that her 20-year career so far - touring and collaborating, negotiating recording and live contracts, working with charitable organisations and in education - has taught her quite a lot! 

    Last year, she gave a TED talk at the Royal Albert Hall (see image above). Her short talk ‘Music as a Healer’ is about a few of her personal experiences of some of the benefits that engagement with music can bring. You can watch it here.

    This year, the good people of Oxford University will get the benefit of her experience in a talk with a slightly feminist angle as part of Somerville College's arts week (1st-8th March). Later in March she'll be giving the opening address to fellow music industry professionals at the ISM's conference Make Music Work at the Guildhall School in London. Read about it here.

    Watch this space for highlights and/or directions to livestreams, or, if you're local, you can find tickets through the separate event websites.  This Spring's chance to hear some of the thoughtfulness behind the fanfares!